Added on: 29th May, 2020 by O1
A number of national companies have been targeted by fraudsters making fraudulent enquiries and applications for COVID-19 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants. The fraudsters are sending what appear to be legitimate requests for property details, reference numbers and extended retail discounts.
The names used in the e-mails are either unknown to the businesses or legitimate (current/retired) employees added to fake email domains. All domains appear to have been registered in April and May 2020.
If your organisation has responded to the scam emails, please apply appropriate scrutiny to new applications.
The number of businesses targeted is growing. The list to date with sender details includes:
• Lloyds Pharmacy email@example.com
• Greggs firstname.lastname@example.org
• Boots email@example.com
• Marston’s Brewery Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
• JD Wetherspoon email@example.com
• Caffé Nero ‘Benedict Price’ firstname.lastname@example.org
• Superdrug Stores Plc email@example.com
Please review the e-mail examples provided below.
Where possible bank account details have been provided. If you receive a similar email, please share it with the Government’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service, set up and operated by the National Cyber Security Centre to deal with COVID-19 related scams as a priority.
Please also insert bank account details in the NAFN Intelligence Enquiry Database, as this will provide a central repository for all members.